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Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel. ©Martin O'Grady Pub, Rockchapel. ©Martin O'Grady Bruach na Carraige, Sliabh Luachra, Rockchapel. ©Martin O'Grady

Rockchapel (Irish: Séipéal na Carraige, meaning "rock chapel") is a small village in north Cork. It is in the townland of Tooreennagrena, near the border of County Cork, County Kerry and County Limerick. Rockchapel forms half a parish in the diocese of Cloyne, the other half of the parish being Meelin. Knockaclarig, a townland in Rockchapel, is part of the Kerry diocese even though the townland is in County Cork. Rockchapel has a population of 2000.Rockchapel got its name from the penal times in Ireland when cathoicism was banned and mass was said on a rock in a secret location.

Rockchapel has a fantastic cultural centre with regular performances of traditional Sliabh Luachra music, song and dance. The area is scattered with evidence of ancient cairns, ring forts and standing stones. Aagan O’Rahilly, Eoghan Rua O’Sullivan, the great storyteller Eamon Kelly and traditional musicians, too many to mention all hailed from Sliabh Luachra.

The centre of Rockchapel is the Bruach na Carraige Heritage Centre. Officially opened by President Mary McAleese in 1999, Bruach na Carraige is the first project to realise the importance of the Sliabh Luachra music and traditions.The 2,000 square foot building serves as a concert venue to promote the wealth of music and culture in Rockchapel and as a centre of excellence for Irish traditional music. Bruach na Carraige has an auditorium for 100 people, a full archive and library as well as an exhibition area  used as an interpretative centre on the Sliabh Luachra area.

Bruach na Carraige Heritage Centre has also been approved to perform  civil ceremonies .

The striking mountains, Na Cionna or “The Paps”, are two identical natural mounds representing Dana, the goddess of the Tuatha De Danna. The Paps is Cathair Cubh Dearg “The City”, remains of a stone ring fort that was used for pre Christian fertility worship, now christened with a holy well.

GAA football is the most popular sport in the area. Its most famous person is footballer and hurler Patrick "Spud" Collins, who has an average of 5 goals per game.

Much of the land close to the village is planted with mainly lodgepole pine and Sitka spruce. The area is famous for its traditional musical heritage. Rockchapel has 2 shops, a post office, a community centre, a church, a primary school, a funeral home and a graveyard. It is also home to the Munster HQ of ADA systems.

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